The 20 Colleges That Make The Most Money On Sports

Despite recent struggles on the football field and the basketball court, the University of Texas remains the biggest money-maker in college sports.

In 2013, the Texas Longhorns athletic department generated $US165.7 million in revenue, according to data collected by USA Today. Texas is one of only 13 schools with at least $US100 million in athletics revenue.

Of revenue generated by Texas, a whopping $US58.8 million comes from the rights and licensing. That number has skyrocketed in recent years thanks in part to the introduction of the Longhorn Network. That partnership with ESPN is worth $US300 million over 20 years for the school.

The other big sources of revenue for the school are ticket sales ($60.9 million) and contributions to the department ($37.4 million). The latter was down from 2012 ($40.7 million).

As a result, the growth of the school’s revenue has slowed in recent years. While revenue is up 84.8% since 2005 ($89.7 million), it is up only 1.5% from 2012 ($163.3 million).

Texas Longhorns revenue

No. 2 Wisconsin -- $US149.1 Million

Ticket Sales: $US27.7 million

Donations: $US58.9 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US48.4 million

2012 Revenue and Rank: $US101.5 million (11)

No. 3 Alabama -- $US143.8 Million

Ticket Sales: $US38.9 million

Donations: $US34.2 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US46.0 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US124.9 million (4)

No. 4 Michigan -- $US143.5 Million

Ticket Sales: $US43.1 million

Donations: $US31.3 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US54.0 million

2012 Revenue and Rank: $US140.1 million (3)

No. 5 Ohio State -- $US139.6 Million

Ticket Sales: $US54.6 million

Donations: $US22.2 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US45.8 million

2012 Revenue and Rank: $US142.0 million (2)

No. 6 Florida -- $US130.0 Million

Ticket Sales: $US24.7 million

Donations: $US48.4 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US41.4 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US120.3 million (5)

No. 7 Oklahoma -- $US123.8 Million

Ticket Sales: $US37.8 million

Donations: $US34.5 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US43.3 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US106.5 million (8)

No. 8 Louisiana State -- $US117.5 Million

Ticket Sales: $US38.9 million

Donations: $US32.1 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US42.6 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US114.0 million (6)

No. 9 Oregon -- $US115.2 Million

Ticket Sales: $US25.3 million

Donations: $US46.6 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US31.0 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US94.6 million (18)

No. 10 Tennessee -- $US111.6 Million

Ticket Sales: $US34.8 million

Donations: $US24.3 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US36.2 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US105.9 million (10)

No. 11 Iowa -- $US107.2 Million

Ticket Sales: $US26.1 million

Donations: $US30.6 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US37.3 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US97.4 million (13)

No. 12 Penn State -- $US149.1 Million

Ticket Sales: $US33.4 million

Donations: $US24.5 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US35.9 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US108.3 million (7)

No. 13 Auburn -- $US103.7 Million

Ticket Sales: $US28.5 million

Donations: $US31.8 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US33.8 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US106.0 million (9)

No. 14 Arkansas -- $US99.8 Million

Ticket Sales: $US39.4 million

Donations: $US19.4 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US36.5 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US99.8 million (12)

No. 15 Minnesota -- $US98.3 Million

Ticket Sales: $US23.2 million

Donations: $US8.5 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US40.3 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US83.6 million (24)

No. 16 Georgia -- $US98.1 Million

Ticket Sales: $US24.4 million

Donations: $US28.7 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US38.4 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US91.7 million (16)

No. 17 Michigan State -- $US97.9 Million

Ticket Sales: $US26.5 million

Donations: $US24.1 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US38.2 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US93.9 million (15)

No. 18 Louisville -- $US96.2 Million

Ticket Sales: $US25.9 million

Donations: $US28.9 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US23.4 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US87.8 million (19)

No. 19 Kentucky -- $US95.7 Million

Ticket Sales: $US28.9 million

Donations: $US19.1 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US42.8 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US85.6 million (21)

No. 20 California -- $US94.5 Million

Ticket Sales: $US14.6 million

Donations: $US26.1 million

Media Rights and Merchandising: $US29.6 million

2012 Revenue and rank: $US71.2 million (unranked)

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